Dec 26, 2012 10:30pm PST
internally. i think one of the things we struggled with as a city we're are asking ourselves if we can do better and i agree. there are always opportunities to do better and the conversations around performance and are we performing to our ideals and standards? and you have to define what those goals and standards are. the department of technology, as president chiu you pointed out, we had an audit in the controller's office and said we needed better performance measures and we have been providing those for several years now and i suggest to you because we are highly centralized organization for the city that we do that for the entire city and i think there is confusion about what we do and compare it across the city to all of the it organizations across the city, every organization that does it, then we could start developing a common understanding, common baseline of what the performance looks like, and when we are satisfied living up to our own expectations and i am happy to tell you and i know we're wondering if we are making progress, and i think externally we are making progress.
Dec 26, 2012 4:30pm PST
. and what's also amazing about this building is it's not just internally, but you can actually see it on the outside. so, when people are walking around the city they can actually see the green and environmental aspects. >> what better way to show that the puc cares about the environment and the puc is going to show everyone else, you can do this, too. and you can do it in a way that makes sense, that's affordable, and that is better for the environment. >> and this is the most energy efficient government building in the united states today, if not the world. and it is an example that the entire united states can look to and say, that's what we need to do to save our city hundreds of millions of dollars in energy consumption a year and set an example to everybody of how to save energy, to be green, to be sustainable, to be responsible. the city is leading the way. >> it will be immediately recognizable and iconic from various parts of the city or even if you see a picture. that's the sfpuc building. it's a wonderful building. ♪ ♪
Dec 27, 2012 5:00am PST
the connecticut school massacre, the city gave away up to $200 in grocery gift cards. >>> lance armstrong has until today to appeal the ban imposed on him. he lost his seven titles december 6th, when the international cycling union banned him from the sport for life. those penalties came after the agency hit armstrong with similar sanctions for using banned substances. armstrong did not appeal that decision and it appears he won't challenge this latest ban. >>> all of our recent rain means waty++i levels are rising at local reservoirs. officials plan to release some water at the coyote dam and lake sonoma to make room for future rains. winds and rains have battered and toppled trees around the bay, berkeley police provided this picture. it shows part of a tree that fell on a moving patrol car. the officer was not hurt. this happened on -- yesterday. >> i heard a couple of loud cracking sounds and saw pedestrians pointing up. a couple small branches fell, blocked my view, i hit the brakes, abs activated, tree fell on top of the car. >> local arborist blames high winds for keeping crews like hi
Dec 27, 2012 3:00pm PST
of a glorious past. and some parts of the city bustle with holiday energy. but not far away: closed-up storefronts. and, further below the surface, this: a health clinic set up by the greek branch of the international aid group, doctors of the world to serve the country's newly poor. dr. nikitis kanakis is its director. >> brown: kanakis group, in fact, had to cut back some of its work in africa because of the needs at home. here in perama, unemployment tops 50% as the shrinking economy has crippled much of the local shipping industry. at the same time, the deeply indebted greek government has made dramatic budget cuts, including to health benefits. the combination has left many here without access to private or public care. and that's meant a stunning rise in disease and mortality rates. >> brown: economists, of course, speak of a different kind of necessary medicine: the kind a deeply indebted nation must take. the price for living and consuming well beyond its means for far too long. >> the medicine is necessary. it was, though, delivered very abruptly. >> brown: as a government